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Easter Eggs, Natural Dyes and Essential Oils

Easter is just around the corner! And that means it’s time for the wonderful family tradition of decorating Easter eggs.  We’ve put together some of our favorite ways to get creative and keep things natural. Plus, we even have a few tips on how to incorporate your favorite essential oils into the process.

Let’s Get Creative

First thing’s first, essential oils are a great starting point for any creative project. Basil Linalool, Rosemary 1,8 Cineole, and Peppermint are all excellent choices to help promote clarity and alertness, while also providing a calming atmosphere. Or try diffusing our Joyful Creation Synergy. It was designed to encourage creative expression and a sense of joy and enthusiasm.

You can always mix it up and diffuse a few of your favorite citrus oils for a fresh, invigorating aroma that is sure to remind you of spring.

Eggs: Hollow or Boiled?

Easter Eggs, Natural Dyes and Essential Oils

When it comes to decorating eggs, the go-to is usually just to boil them. And hard-boiled eggs are perfect for this purpose, for a while. If you’re looking to get a longer shelf life for your beautifully decorated eggs,  keep reading. It’s much easier then you think to hollow out your eggs. Start by poking a small hole in one end and a slightly larger hole in the other end. You can even use a toothpick to break up the yoke. Then, blow through the smaller hole while holding it over a bowl. The contents come right out, making lovely hollow eggs to decorate with.

Natural Dyes

Easter Eggs, Natural Dyes and Essential Oils

If you’ve never tried natural dyes, you’re missing out! Not only can you get some truly fantastic colors, but you’ll skip using artificial dyes and coloring. Plus you might even have some of the ingredients around the house! Check it out:

  • Light Blue – 1 cup blueberries
  • Blue – 2 cups red cabbage
  • Yellow – 2 tablespoons ground turmeric
  • Pink – ½ to 1 cup shredded beets
  • Purple – 1 cup red onion skins
  • Orange – 1 cup yellow onion skins
  • Brown – 1 cup of strong coffee
  • Green – 2 cups spinach

The color of the dye will depend on how long you simmer the ingredients. The longer the time, the deeper the color. You’ll also be able to affect the end result by how long you soak your eggs (anywhere from 20 minutes to overnight). Just make sure to add about 2 tsp of vinegar for every cup of colored liquid.

Fun Designs

The fun doesn’t stop there! You can make amazing designs like marbling, speckled, and more. One easy way is to apply melted coconut oil to the egg before you soak it. Use plastic wrap to create a marbling effect or splatter it on. You can even paint specific designs onto the egg! Or try adding a few drops of your favorite essential oils to the dye (make sure to break it up with a fork or toothpick). Roll the eggs in the oil and dye for more great marbling

Polishing it Off

Easter Eggs, Natural Dyes and Essential Oils

Once your Easter eggs have dried and are looking absolutely gorgeous, it’s time to add some shine. And what better way to do that than to use essential oils. Use a paper towel to rub your favorite oils or favorite blend onto your eggs. Not only will you get a nice sheen, but it’s a great way to enjoy passive diffusion. If you’re looking for some great blends, try Honeybell, Love Vanilla, Citrus Burst or our new Hello Spring Set.

If you’re looking for another fun way to combine essential oils and Easter, try making these DIY Vanilla Bath Bombs with plastic Easter eggs as the molds!

Don’t forget to show off your gorgeous creations! Make sure to tag us on Instagram and follow us as we share more amazing ways to use your essential oils.

90 thoughts on “Easter Eggs, Natural Dyes and Essential Oils”

  1. We did this at work. Used netting to press herbs to the egg it made really pretty natural designs to go with the natural dye

  2. I tried this for Easter! I try to steer clear of artificial dyes when I can. I let them sit overnight and they had a really cool layer on them in the morning but I rubbed the excess off and it left them with light dye. The beets worked GREAT! They were beautifully pink! Yellow Onion, coffee, blueberries, and spinach weren’t as successful (I didn’t use enough spinach and blueberries though). But it was a fun experiment and I will probably do it this way again!

  3. Do the smells of the items used stick to the egg too? While blueberry would be a nice smell, cabbage would not be. We have a very young child in the family so applying essential oils to mask a scent is not an option when she’s around.

  4. Love the colors from the natural dyes! As a kid, and later as a parent, we colored our eggs with crayons. Each year ‘Mr Lindsey’, an egg colored to favor our balding neighbor, would make an appearance. Preparing the eggs was part of our weekend festivities.

  5. While I am probably not going to use the natural dye idea…my kids just aren’t that patient. I really like the idea of polishing them off with oils at the end and using passive diffusion, especially if using the shells for decoration. NEver would have thought of that.

  6. Thank you PT! So much better to use natural dies, even when not planning to eat the eggs. I love the subtle pastel colors.

  7. I never thought of using natural dyes like this! I have all the ingredients on hand so YAY!!! On to coloring eggs

  8. These are great ideas – I hadn’t heard of a couple of the color options. I look forward to trying some this weekend!

  9. Growing up we always hollowed out our eggs. I have never met anyone else who does it that way! Everyone I know boils them. And I have done boiled eggs with my son to cut down on breakage!! Now that my son is older and we decorate eggs more for the art of it, I think we might try hollowing them this year!!

  10. I always use natural products to dyes the Easter eggs. My favorite is red cabbage for blue colored eggs and mix of orange onion skin with beets for unusual red color. White colored eggs works the best when you use natural dyes.

  11. Such a great alternative to dyes. This is how is was truly made to be without all the other toxic stuff. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Genius. We’ve done natural dyes before, but hadn’t thought of using EO. Blue Tansy would be gorgeous – and keep the party to a reasonable level of chaos. 😉

  13. Natural dyes are the way to go. They make unique and beautiful egg colors! Especially if your doing hard boiled eggs you intend to eat. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Love all of the earthy colors from natural dyes! We used something very similar and turned out absolutely gorgeous!

  15. These eggs are so beautiful. Makes me want to color extras. The tips and suggestions are great. Another thing that you can do is use crayons to make decorations or write names on the eggs.

  16. Um– genius idea to reuse those plastic Easter eggs as molds for bath bombs! I do not own a bath bomb mold, so now all I have to do is purchase the citric acid and I can totally do that DIY project. Love it!

  17. We love using natural colors to dye eggs, but I never thought of using them as passive diffusers! How fun is that? So creative.

  18. Oh my goodness I love this! Me and my youngest son are definitely going to try hollowing out an egg and dying it! How fun!

  19. Wow! It never crossed my mind to use essential oils for the shine. Totally love the idea, thank you Plant Therapy.

  20. Great idea. I’ve tried some of these years ago, but the blueberry and the red cabbage I haven’t tried. Going to have to put on my “to do” list. Thanks! ❤

  21. I love this! One of my children has an egg allergy, so we paint the artificial craft store eggs. I always display them, and now I think I’ll add some lovely oils and use it as an Easter passive diffuser. Thank you! <3

  22. Thank you for these natural dye ideas!!! We hate artificial dyes so this will be a fun activity to try!! It’d be fun to see how dark they get if we soak them overnight. Or to combine some of these items to make a new color. Thanks pt!!!

  23. These are some AwEsOmE natural coloring ideas!! So eggcited to add my oils to our coloring and create a new tradition!! Thanks PT for always being so Awesome!!

  24. Never thought about using natural dyes. It sounds like so much fun! Will have to suggest to my family that we try this for Easter this year. 🙂

  25. This is fantastic! Why have I never thought about any of this before? Thank you so much for sharing this – its going to make Easter fun this year letting the kids help make the dyes as well!

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